Bernadeia Johnson

Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. She oversees academic achievement for all students and the school district’s business functions. She has headed district academics since 2006, when she was hired back from Memphis schools to be chief academic officer and later became deputy superintendent.

July 11, 2016

Star Tribune sues Minneapolis Public Schools for information

Newspaper seeks information on suspensions, spending and teacher contentment.
Mpls. interim superintendent
February 3, 2015
New leader: Michael Goar said that under his watch, the district needs to re-engage, recruit parents.

On interim basis, Goar takes over Minneapolis schools

Mpls. Interim Superintendent Michael Goar says he will set up a clear improvement plan and immediately implement major district changes.
Minneapolis schools
January 28, 2015
“It’s alarming that it took this to understand where teachers are,” Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said Friday. “We probably knew that, but

Nov. 2: Minneapolis' worst teachers in poorest schools, data show

Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, above, and other Minneapolis officials say they're taking action to balance needs with abilities.
Mpls. schools superintendent resigns
December 17, 2014
In this 2011 file photo, Minneapolis School Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson visited Minneapolis South High School on the first day of classes.

Bernadeia Johnson out as Minneapolis schools chief

The school board was scheduled to approve Johnson's resignation late Wednesday and name the district's chief executive, Michael Goar, as the interim superintendent.
December 7, 2014
Kazuko Shiba teaches Japanese III class at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

Language requirement doesn't make the cut for Minneapolis schools

Second-language requirement loses out to flexibility in Minneapolis schools plan.
November 26, 2014
Mpls. schools chief says new suspension policy isn't unfair to white students

Mpls. schools chief says new suspension policy isn't unfair to white students

"Some have accused me of discriminating against our white students. That could not be further from the truth."
November 25, 2014
Minneapolis schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson

Federal civil rights official questions Minneapolis suspension policy

The policy is "legally and constitutionally suspect," Peter Kirsanow wrote to Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, above.
Minneapolis schools
November 9, 2014
Minneapolis Superintendent of Schools Bernadeia Johnson.

Mpls. schools to make suspending children of color more difficult

The change comes amid intensifying scrutiny of the way Minneapolis public schools treat minority students and in the wake of new data showing black students are 10 times more likely to be sent home than white students.
October 23, 2014
Mpls. superintendent speaks out about $375K contract

Mpls. superintendent speaks out about $375K contract

Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson spoke publicly for the first time about the district's decision to award Community Standards Initiative with a $375,000 contract.
$375,000 schools contract canceled
October 10, 2014
Bernadeia Johnson

Minneapolis schools cut ties with achievement gap group

Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, above, decided to terminate a $375,000 contract with the Community Standards Initiative, which could not fulfill its promise to help address the academic achievement gap.
September 5, 2014
Minneapolis schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson

Minneapolis schools ban suspensions of youngest students

District joins others in backing away from practice criticized for targeting minority students.
June 18, 2014

Barton Open School appointment gets parent blowback

District names Paul Scanlon to head Southwest open school
June 13, 2014

District names Aponte to head South High

Appointment completes filling of district's two major principal posts
Mpls. school achievement
June 7, 2014
Hale Elementary teacher Cara Croonquist discussed with her students in Minneapolis thoughts about a book she had read to them in class.

Minneapolis falters in first use of 'focused instruction' technique

Minneapolis grades that used new instruction system didn't keep up with other grades in testing.
June 3, 2014
Mpls. releases new principal assignments

Mpls. releases new principal assignments

Five vacancies filled, 11 remain in filling school chief ranks
May 23, 2014

Minneapolis Public Schools doubles associate superintendent ranks

New responsibilities mostly end geographic division of schools
May 2, 2014

Rhonda Dean named new Washburn principal

She'll start July 1 at school that had had interim leadership since turmoil a year ago
April 28, 2014

Superintendent responds on test opt-outs

She defends testing but acknowledges right of parents to opt out their students
April 8, 2014

Urban League Academy wins one-year reprieve

Board fails to overturn superintendent's timetable to meet new benchmarks
April 4, 2014

More interviews likely for Washburn, South top jobs

District said it still plans to have new leaders for two high schools this spring
April 2, 2014
Minneapolis schools superintendent Bernadeia Johnson

Principal contract gives Johnson new recruiting tools

She'll be better positioned to recruit outside, inside leaders for schools
March 24, 2014

Budget foulup puts SW schools through wringer

Johnson acknowledges errors in letter to parents in affected area.
West Metro
March 17, 2014

Voting begins today on Minneapolis teachers contract

If it passes, it will significantly change how schools are run.
March 12, 2014

Minneapolis teacher pact details emerge

The proposed contract would allow the district superintendent to pursue her plan to create more flexible schools, including some relief for crowded classrooms.
March 12, 2014
Minneapolis schools superintendent Bernadeia Johnson

Details of Minneapolis teacher contract leak out

District, union still haven't released details to public 10 days after deal